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The Reverend William Robert Fontaine Addison VC

The Reverend William Robert Fontaine Addison VC
Chaplain to the Forces Attached 6th (Service) Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment

William Addison was born at Cranbrook in Kent in September 1883. He was educated at Sarum College and was ordained in 1913 becoming Curate of St. Edmund, Salisbury, Wiltshire in 1913. When war broke out he joined the army to provide assistance as a chaplain.

Addison was attached to the 6th Battalion King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment as the chaplain. He received his Victoria Cross for the assistance he gave to the injured. The citation records:

“For conspicuous bravery at Sannaiyat, Mesopotamia. He carried a wounded man to the cover of a trench, and assisted several others to the same cover, after binding up their wounds, under heavy rifle and machine-gun fire. In addition to these unaided efforts, by his splendid example and utter disregard of personal danger, he encouraged the stretcher-bearers to go forward under heavy fire and collect the wounded”.

William Addison remained as a chaplain with the army until 1938 when he retired. On the outbreak of war in 1939 he rejoined the army and became Deputy Assistant Chaplain General in 1942. He died at St. Leonards on Sea, Sussex on 7th January 1962 and was buried at Brookwood Cemetery.

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